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College of Business Frequently Asked Questions

This site is for information only and does not serve as official CB policy. The answers to these frequently asked questions should be viewed as guidelines. Pre-admission, in-major, and graduation requirements and processes are subject to change as curriculum changes are made. Please refer to the catalog and an academic advisor for changes in requirements from year to year. This page was last updated August 17, 2016


Applying to the College of Business

  1. When do I apply to a major?
  2. Why do I need to apply to the College of Business (CB) when CWU has accepted me?
  3. How long will it take to hear back regarding my acceptance into the major?

Pre-Major Status

  1. What is 'pre-major' status?
  2. How do I become a CB 'pre-major'?
  3. What are the requirements for admission into a College of Business degree program?
  4. When should I start taking foundation courses?
  5. Which foundation courses do I need to take in sequential order?
  6. During which quarters are foundation courses offered?
  7. Do I have to take all of the foundation courses before I can take core courses?
  8. Why are pre-requisites so rigorously enforced?
  9. MyCWU won't let me register for Pre-Calculus (MATH 153) or Finite Math (MATH 130). What should I do?
  10. What if I tested into a high level math and only have two of the three substantial math courses needed for admission into a business major?

Transfer Students

  1. Why does the CWU College of Business have a special section dedicated to Transfer Students?
  2. Which College of Business location should I choose?
  3. I have been accepted by CWU. When should I apply to the College of Business?
  4. How can I apply to my College of Business Major?
  5. How long does it take for an official credit evaluation?
  6. How do I know when my transcripts have been evaluated and if they transfer as equivalencies to meet my business degree program?
  7. What is CWU’s policy for repeats?
  8. What if a CB required course does not transfer as a direct equivalency as indicated on my Transfer Credit Report?
  9. What if my community college does not offer the exact same math courses expected by CWU's College of Business?
  10. What if I took Introduction to Law instead of Business Law?
  11. Once I am admitted into Central and into my College of Business major, will I simply have to take required courses in the major to graduate?
  12. How often are classes offered and how quickly can I expect to graduate?
  13. I am an international student. What should I be aware of?

College of Business Majors

  1. What is my major? Is it my specialization?
  2. What are the differences between specialization options?
  3. Once admitted to the CB, how do I know in which order to take the courses?
  4. What is the communication requirement?
  5. Where do I find my major GPA?

Advising

  1. Who is my advisor?
  2. What is a hold?

Other

  1. How important is it that I attend my classes?
  2. What are class limits?
  3. What is enrollment management?
  4. What is the importance of MGT 489—Strategic Management?
  5. What if I stop taking courses/drop out?
  6. What if I want to complain or make suggestions?

Applying to the College of Business

1. When do I apply to a major?

Applications are accepted during College of Business New Student Workshop. You will only be accepted into the major after all pre-admission courses and grade requirements are verified. To register for a session, visit the College of Business New Student Orientation registration page.

2. Why do I need to apply to the College of Business (CB) when CWU has accepted me?

They are two different admission processes. A student cannot apply to the College of Business until they have been accepted to CWU. The decision to admit to the CB is based on performance in a specific set of courses.

3. How long will it take to hear back regarding my acceptance into the major?

Processing time for a major application is approximately one week from the time your last pre-admission course grades are posted. You will be notified of your status through your MyCWU email.

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Pre-Major Status

1. What is 'pre-major' status?

'Pre-major' status in the university's computer system means that you have expressed an interest in a major, although you have not completed all requirements necessary to be accepted into the major. Declaring as a pre-major prevents registration holds assigned by the Office of Enrollment Management once you have reached 75 credits. It does not mean you have been formally admitted into your degree program. It also enables the CB to better track and assist your progress towards the major and to provide adequate class space for pre-admission courses.

2. How do I become a CB 'pre-major'?

To obtain pre-major status you will need to attend a mandatory College of Business New Student Workshop. At this workshop you will receive an Application to Major which you will submit at the end of your workshop session. The College of Business will then give you ‘pre-major’ status until you have completed all pre-admission courses, meet the grade requirements, and are approved for admission into the major. To register for a CB New Student Workshop, please visit our Workshop registration page.

3. What are the requirements for admission into a College of Business degree program?

Before you decide on your business degree program, you should carefully read and review the admission requirements as outlined in the current CWU undergraduate/graduate catalog. The catalog will provide summaries of Major Course Requirements for each of the three majors in the CB (Accounting, Business Administration and Economics). You can view the online catalog here.

The Pre-Admission requirements include:

  • English 101 and English 102 with a C- or Higher
  • At least 30 completed credits
  • Good academic standing with at least a 2.25 GPA

It is important to understand prerequisites for admission into the College of Business and access to your required classes for your major. The College of Business will strictly enforce these prerequisites and you will not be allowed to take a class if you do not have the required prerequisite.

4. When should I start taking pre-admission courses? Should I wait until all of my General Education requirements are completed?

Ideally, by the end of your sophomore year,  you should have all of your basic courses completed which include:

  • University 101 (Not required for students transferring in with 45 credits or more)
  • English 101
  • English 102
  • Mathematics (For students interested in the College of Business Math 153 or higher excluding Math 164)
  • Reasoning (For students interested in the College of Business ECON 130 or Math 130)
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Foreign Language (2 years in High school or 1 year in College)

As well as most if not all of your foundation courses for your College of Business Major.

  • ACCT 251- Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 252- Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 221- Introductory Business Statistics
  • BUS 241- Legal Environment of Business
  • ECON 130 or MATH 130- Foundations for Business Analytics or Finite Math
  • ECON 201- Principle of Economics Micro
  • MATH 153- Pre-Calculus Mathematics

In general, the breath requirements need to be completed by the time you are ready to graduate.

5. During which quarters are Foundation courses offered?

All foundation courses are typically offered in multiple sections during fall, winter and spring quarters. Summer offerings are limited, but usually one section of each course is offered.

6. Which Foundation courses do I need to take in sequential order?

ACCT 251 (Financial Accounting) before ACCT 252 (Managerial Accounting)

ECON 201 (Principles of Microeconomics) before ECON 202 (Principles of Macroeconomics)

MATH 130 (Finite Math) or ECON 130 (Foundations for Business Analytics) before BUS 221 (Intro to Business Statistics)

7. Do I have to take all of the Foundation courses before I can take core courses?

The Admission to Major policy as outlined in the current undergraduate catalog clearly states: “Students must apply and be accepted into the major prior to beginning 300- or 400-level business coursework.” For this reason, it is extremely important to develop a tentative graduation plan.

Ideally, you will be completing most of your foundation courses before starting your upper division business course work. During your sophomore year, you will be taking about 2 foundation courses with one of your general education courses.

College of Business professional and faculty advisors can help you prepare your plan. To see who your faculty advisor is, visit your student center in MyCWU. Click here for a list of our professional advisors.

8. Why are prerequisites so rigorously enforced?

Students often view prerequisites as obstacles. Rather, it is important to view them as building blocks. The CB faculty have deliberately designed the curriculum to include as few prerequisites to courses as possible while still ensuring maximum learning capability. Having done so however, what few prerequisites listed are zealously enforced because it is crucial in creating the maximum potential for success for the student as well as creating a maximally successful learning environment for all the students in the class. 

9. MyCWU won't let me register for Pre-Calculus (MATH 153), Finite Math (MATH 130) or Foundations for Business Analytics (ECON 130). What should I do?

The Math Department controls registration for these math courses. For Pre-Calculus (MATH 153), you may need to take the Accuplacer and score at a certain level in order to enroll in the course or meet the prerequisites. Students who do not score high enough on the Accuplacer will need to take a developmental math course in order to meet the prerequisites for Pre-Calculus. For Finite Math (MATH 130) or Foundations for Business Analytics (ECON 130), you must either score high enough on the Accuplacer or have high enough scores on your ACT or SAT in order to enroll in the course.

For specific tests and required scores, please see our Math and English Placement page.  LINK

10. What if I tested into a high level math and only have two of the three substantial math courses needed for admission into a business major?

If students do not have the agreed upon math courses, we will typically accept three "substantial" math subjects that approximate the level and complexity of these courses. Click here for a detailed explanation of this policy.

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Transfer Students

1. Why does the CWU College of Business have a special section dedicated to Transfer Students?

Over 60% of students who graduate from the College of Business have taken course work from a transfer institution. Because of this very large volume and diverse academic background of transfer students, it is extremely important for transfer students to fully understand how prior courses articulate to satisfy admission and graduation requirements at CWU and within a College of Business major.

2. Which College of Business location should I choose?

Those students admitted to Central with a DTA (Direct Transfer Associate) may choose any of our campus locations in Ellensburg, Des Moines, and/or Lynnwood.

Those students transferring in without a DTA will most likely need to be at the Ellensburg campus because it offers the complete 4-year university experience.

Neither the CWU-Des Moines nor CWU-Lynnwood campuses offer 100-200 level courses though both are co-located on community college campuses of Highline and Edmonds, respectively, where students can obtain those 100-200 level courses. While all three locations offers Accounting and Business Administration degrees, they do not have identical program offerings. Click here for program offerings at each location. 

3. I have been accepted by CWU. When should I apply to the College of Business?

You should apply to the College of Business after all of your transcripts from other institutions, including high school institutions, have been evaluated. Official evaluation of transcripts is conducted after you have been admitted into the university by the Office of Admission and after you pay the confirmation fee.

Students transferring in with a DTA should apply one quarter before their DTA posts to ensure complete recognition of their Associates Degree as well as meeting the specific pre-admission courses required by the College of Business.

4. How can I apply to my College of Business Major?

Applications for a College of Business major are ONLY accepted at the mandatory College of Business New Student Workshops. New students must plan to attend one of these sessions at the campus they will be located at. During the mandatory orientation sessions, you will learn more about our programs, admission and graduation requirements, and the many opportunities and resources available to help with your academic and career objectives.

To register for a New Student Orientation, choose your location below.

New Student Orientation—Ellensburg

New Student Orientation—Des Moines

New Student Orientation—Lynnwood 

5. How long does it take for an official credit evaluation?

Once your transcripts reach the CWU Office of Admissions, processing time can vary from a few days for in-state community college transcripts, to two-weeks for 4-year or out-of-state college transcripts.

Students wishing to have credits from non-United States institutions considered for transfer into the College of Business for any major or minor must have their transcripts evaluated through outside credential evaluators who are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), such as the Foundation for International Services (FIS), the World Education Services (WES), or Educational Perspectives, with those endorsed by the Washington Society of CPAs preferred.

6. How do I know when my transcripts have been evaluated and if they transfer as equivalencies to meet my business degree program?

You can view your Transfer Credit Report using the MyCWU system. In MyCWU, access your Student Center under academics in the drop down "other academic" box you will find a transfer credit report. On the transfer credit report, verify the accuracy of the course articulations. Anything ending in LD (lower division) or UD (upper division) is not transferring into CWU as direct equivalencies. Click here to visit the MyCWU login page. 

7. What is CWU’s policy for repeats?

Be aware that universities and community colleges can have different rules about courses. For example, in the instance of course repeats, many community colleges will use the best grade. At CWU, the last time the course was taken is the grade used. Additionally, CWU does not allow students to retake a course more than 4 times.

Furthermore, the College of Business requires special permission for a 3rd time repeat of courses and will typically never grant a 4th time repeat. With the exception of BUS 241 (Business law) where CB will never grant a 3rd time repeat.

8. What if a CB required course does not transfer as a direct equivalency as indicated on my Transfer Credit Report?

Meet with a CB professional advisor to discuss the course petition process using the Permit to Substitute form. These types of petitions will require a copy of the course description from the transfer school and if requested, a copy of the course syllabus (especially for 300- or 400-level courses). The petition form should be submitted with the Application for Major at a College of Business New Student Workshop. The College of Business will NOT approve course substitutions until all transcripts are evaluated and processed by a CWU Credentials Evaluator and are reflected on your Transfer Credit Report.

9. What if my community college does not offer the exact same math courses expected by CWU's College of Business?

In order to have a seamless transition from Washington community colleges to Washington four-year institutions, an agreement known as the Business Direct Transfer Associates agreement was made. This agreement acknowledges the importance of a high standard of numeric literacy in today's business world. The CWU College of Business expects those courses agreed to, including finite, business calculus, and statistics. If your community college does not offer these specific courses or you did not take them, the transfer is not so seamless. Click here to view the Business Direct Transfer Associates agreement.

In general, if students do not have the agreed upon math courses, we will typically accept three "substantial" math subjects that approximate the level and complexity of these courses. For instance, a pre-calculus course, business calculus course, and a statistics course meet our expectations. Click here for a detailed explanation of this policy. 

10. What if I took Introduction to Law instead of Business Law?

You will need to have a Business Law course in order to graduate with a CWU College of Business degree. Introduction to Law does not satisfy this requirement.

11. Once I am admitted into Central and into my College of Business major, will I simply have to take required courses in the major to graduate?

No. As you will find out at our mandatory New Student Workshop session, there are many graduation requirements, not only within your major, but that all students at CWU regardless of major must satisfy. Click here to view the university’s graduation requirements.

College of Business students will have a minimum of four GPA thresholds that must be satisfied to graduate. Students with a high number of transfer credits must also satisfy residency requirements, which consist of a minimum of 45 CWU credits to obtain a degree from CWU.

One requirement that typically impacts transfer students is the 180 units needed to obtain a bachelor's degree at Central. In fact, most students with a Direct Transfer Associates degree will often complete their entire accounting or business administration major and still need additional classes to satisfy this 180 credit requirement.

12. How often are classes offered and how quickly can I expect to graduate?

The Business Administration core courses are offered at least once a quarter at each location. Be aware that elective courses may be offered only once a year and that not every elective course will be offered. Accounting core required courses may be offered only a few times a year.

Strategic academic planning is critical to graduating in a timely manner. The College of Business Advising Center offers digital instruction tools to help you develop your strategic plan for graduation. Please visit our Academic tools page.

For Academic Planning tools, such as our tentative annual schedules, graduation planning video, graduation planning excel templates, and program of study checklists, please visit our Academic Planning Tools page.

13. I am an international student. What should I be aware of?

Students wishing to have credits from non-United States institutions considered for transfer into the College of Business for any major or minor must have their transcripts evaluated through outside credential evaluators who are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), such as the Foundation for International Services (FIS), the World Education Services (WES), or Educational Perspectives, with those endorsed by the Washington Society of CPAs preferred.

International students whose native language is not English must meet one of the following English proficiency requirements:

A score of 71 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL or 525 or above on the paper-based TOEFL OR

A score of 6.0 or above on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. OR

A 3.0 (B grade) or above in each of two college-level English composition courses from an accredited United States college or university. Contact the CWU Office of Admissions to find out what courses are acceptable.

International Students often have special advising requirements. Roz Moes serves international students on the Ellensburg campus and Kathy Gallentine serves the international students at our Lynnwood and Des Moines campuses.

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College of Business Majors

1. What is my major? Is it my specialization?

The CB currently offers three Bachelor of Science degree programs: B.S. in Accounting; B.S. in Business Administration; and B.S. in Economics. Within the Business Administration and Economics majors, there are specialization choices; however, your major is ‘Business Administration’ or ‘Economics’.

2. What are the differences between specialization options?

The CWU Undergraduate Catalog offers a great deal of information on each specialization and also provides course descriptions for all courses offered. This information can also be found on the College of Business website.

Your academic and faculty advisors can assist you with questions about specialization options and career opportunities.

To see who your faculty advisor is, visit your student center in MyCWU.

Click here for a list of our professional advisors.

3. Once admitted to the CB, how do I know in which order to take courses?

Course sequences will vary depending on which major you are pursuing; Accounting, Business Administration, or Economics. Students trying to finish the business core courses toward the end of their academic career may run into conflicts with other major/specialization requirements. Students also need to be aware that their specialization courses may not be offered every term. This is why it is very important to prepare a two-year plan.

College of Business professional and faculty advisors can help you prepare your plan.

To see who your faculty advisor is, visit your student center in MyCWU.

Click here for a list of our professional advisors.

Additionally, the College of Business has academic planning tools to help you create a graduation plan. Visit our Academic tools page.

Prerequisite overrides are rarely given (and never given for MGT 489), and they require a review of the student including the CAPS report, assessment of the situation, etc. Prerequisite overrides are given only for those students who have shown themselves capable of doing the work and not for instance for a self-imposed deadline for graduation. Graduation occurs when the curriculum is completed as directed.

4. What is the communication requirement?

The communication requirement is designed to give CB majors additional experience in business communications and report writing. Students in the 2016-2017 catalog or later are required to take COM 301 (Public Speaking for Business and Organizations) and ENG 311 (Business Writing).

Students in the 2015-2016 catalog or earlier are able to take the new communication requirements or use one of the following courses to complete the requirement. ADMG 385, COM 345, or ENG 310 to complete your communication requirement at any time; however, all three courses are 300-level and should be taken after completion of sophomore status.

Students selecting COM 345 must contact the Communication Department for a permission number prior to registration.

5. Where do I find my major GPA?

It is important for a student to be able to check their GPA's. The College of Business checks four different GPA's for their students on a regular bases.

These include your term GPA, it tells us your current standing with the university (Good, warning or probation).

The Cumulative CWU/Transfer GPA, your overall GPA used for graduation.

The College of Business also will check your cumulative major GPA and major upper division GPA.

Provided is instructions to help located your GPA's

 

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Advising

1. Who is my advisor?

The College of Business students have access to both professional and faculty advising. To see who your specific advisor is, visit your Student Center in MyCWU.

Click here for a list of our professional advisors. 

2. What is a Hold?

While attending CWU students will encounter various types of holds which prevent registration into classes. If you have a hold on your account that is preventing registration, you will need to contact and meet with the appropriate advisor. There are 4 primary holds every student receives relating to mandatory advising.  These holds include:

  • 75 Credit Basic Skills Hold. If a student has not successfully completed the CWU Basic Skills Requirement to include ENG101/102, Math, Reasoning, and Technology, they will receive a mandatory advising hold. Students receiving this hold should contact the professional advisor for their campus.
  • 45 Credit – Meet with an advisor. This hold requires students to meet with the appropriate advisor to discuss their program of choice further. In the College of Business, it is important to attend an Advising or Orientation session. Students can register for one of these sessions on the College of Business website. Click here to visit the CB homepage.
  • 75 Credit - Declare Your Major Hold. Because CWU offers so many degree programs, it is impossible to know which program a student wishes to pursue. Students must apply or declare their major with the department or program of interest. In the College of Business, the Application for Major serves a dual role to declare and apply to your desired degree program. Students complete and submit their Application to the Major at College of Business New Student Orientations. To register for a New Student Orientation, visit our Workshop page.
  • 90 Credit - See Your Faculty Advisor Hold. By the time students reach 90 credits, they should be formally admitted into their desired major and would be assigned a faculty advisor in their program. The College of Business expects future business students and leaders to read and understand all course and graduation requirements in their program as outlined in the undergraduate catalog.

The type of advising students should seek with faculty is more “mentor” type advising asking questions like: Should I include a minor with my major? When are required classes offered? Which elective courses will best fit my interest? What are the career or job opportunities for my degree? Should I include an internship with my program? etc.

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Other

1. How important is it that I attend my classes?

Regular class attendance is shown to be highly correlated with academic success. Just like in the workforce, being absent or tardy is a very serious problem that is not taken lightly. Though certainly faculty will frequently work with a student in extreme circumstances, they are under no obligation to do so.

Further be aware that instructors have the right to drop a student for non-attendance after the first three class meetings or the equivalent of three class meetings (EX: 3-50 minute classes or 150 minutes). A student telling a faculty member that she or he will miss classes is certainly a courtesy that should be extended, but this common courtesy does not imply that there may not be consequences to the behavior. In other words, just because a student TOLD a faculty member she or he would be missing the first three classes (and perhaps even gave an excellent excuse) does not obligate the faculty member to keep the student in class.

Students who expect to miss class for school related functions, events, or sports should work with their instructors prior to enrollment to ensure that missed course work, exams, and lectures can be accommodated.

2. What are class limits?

Students often look into a classroom, realize there are seats, and wonder why they cannot be added to the course. CWU and the CB pride themselves on small classes; unfortunately this pride may disadvantage students from time to time…you love the small classes until you can't get into one because it's small.

Class limits are not set by physical space limitations (although as a general rule, smaller classes go into smaller rooms and larger classes go into larger classrooms). Class limits are set by the preferred pedagogy of the instructor, faculty, college, and university. In general, the more advanced the class, the smaller the class because of the typically greater number of assignments and the more exacting nature of material requiring greater faculty oversight.

3. What is enrollment management?

Occasionally, you will hear the term enrollment management. Enrollment management is the attempt to control the flow of students into courses based on priority.

For instance, with MGT 489, the capstone course, in times when student demand exceeds the supply of available faculty, seniors who have FORMALLY applied for graduation (typically done 1-2 quarters before the anticipated graduation date) will be given first priority to enroll in the courses.

For those courses that also service other colleges within the university, in those times when demand exceeds the supply, College of Business students are given priority over non-College of Business students to enroll.

4. What is the importance of MGT 489—Strategic Management?

Be aware that MGT 489, Strategic Management, the capstone course for both the Accounting and Business Administration degree, requires the longest list of prerequisites which are FIN 370 (Introductory Financial Management), MGT 382 (Principles of Management), MKT 362 (Fundamentals of Marketing), SCM 310 (Supply Chain Management), and Information Systems (MIS 386 for business administration students or ACCT 455 for accounting students). It also includes MGT 200 for Business Administration. Business curriculum experts made this determination.

MGT 489 requires knowledge from all of the prerequisite courses and thus, prerequisite overrides will not be allowed. Therefore, it is important to get these prerequisite courses done as early as possible due to the high demand for MGT 489 and conflicts with major/specialization classes.

In times when student demand outstrips the supply of available faculty, seniors who have FORMALLY applied for graduation (typically done 1-2 quarters before the anticipated graduation date) will be given first priority to enroll in the courses. After the graduating senior demand has been met, if seats are available, students who have the prerequisites will be allowed to register.

5. What if I stop taking courses/drop out?

Per the Leave of Absence policy at CWU and as stated in the catalog, “students who do not enroll for consecutive academic quarters (exclusive of summer) must reapply for admission.” This not only includes readmission to CWU but also to the College of Business. Be aware that standards of admission change and students must meet the current standard as well as the requirements of the degree under the catalog to which they are readmitted.

Students who meet certain criteria however, are eligible for a Leave of Absence which essentially “stops the clock” and keeps them to the admission standards and the catalog under which they were originally admitted. See the current catalog under the term Leave of Absence for the process and the conditions necessitated to be granted a Leave of Absence. 

6. What if I want to complain or make suggestions?

The College of Business encourages students to seek assistance and make their needs, wants, suggestions, and criticisms known. It is our intention to assist students and to honor reasonable requests to the best of our resource capability. Some of the college's biggest changes have occurred because of student insight.

However, remember when you were admitted to the program, you de facto agreed to abide by the rules of the program as contained in the catalog as have we. As a professional, you will be expected to abide by rules even if you personally disagree with those rules. Experts in the area made those rules.

Also, as a business professional, you need to act in a collegial way, which means following the chain of command. If you have a problem, you should address it to the faculty member involved, then your advisor, the department chair, and finally the Dean's Office in that order. Sending emails to or making calls to individuals who do not have decision-making authority in the matter means you are wasting their time with an issue that they cannot address. It is not a strategy that works well in the business world or in academia.

For students wanting to grieve a grade, the specific term is called an “Academic Appeal” and the list of steps to follow is in the current catalog's appendix section.

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This site is for information only and does not serve as official CB policy. The answers to these frequently asked questions should be viewed as guidelines. Pre-admission, in-major, and graduation requirements and processes are subject to change as curriculum changes are made. Please refer to the catalog and an academic advisor for changes in requirements from year to year. This page was last updated August 17, 2016.

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